Productive Passions

Lately, I have been reading and praying about my passions and God’s direction in my life. Elizabeth’s post on Monday really resonated with what has been consuming my prayer life.  I was encouraged by the reminder that our completion, as a servant and child and workmanship of God, is inevitable.  We will fulfill His purpose.  Because He promised to complete what he started. And yesterday, Elizabeth reminded us that we are each completely unique – from the way we look and think to the calling we have in God.

A friend from church recently walked me through an exercise to help me identify my passions. One statement during the exercise was particularly reaffirming:  What you truly love and God’s will for you are one and the same. I understand that statement as an interpretation of Psalm 37:4 :

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

God designed you. And He designed certain things to bring you joy. In some ways I am still trying to figure out what the desires of my heart are for the next step in life: as a soon-to-be law school graduate.  I love the Lord, I love my husband and I love my family.  But what is it that I truly love as a ministry or career?

In praying through my passions and priorities, I repeatedly came across 2 Peter 1:5-6 :

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

            As part of my personality, I am task-oriented and enjoy being productive. Often, I am concerned that I am not doing enough.  But productivity in Christ is something much bigger than completing a single project.  

            At the most basic level, we are designed to grow in Christ. As we seek productivity in our knowledge in our Lord Jesus Christ, we will find direction and fulfillment.  We will be effective (produce fruit, bring others to Christ) as we invest in our relationship with Christ.  We can be secure in our faith even if we don’t know what our “calling” looks like. As Nina pointed out in her comment to Monday’s post, it took Beth Moore almost 20 years to discover Bible teaching as her specific calling in the ministry.  If God is passion #1, then in His time all the rest will fall in place.
            Lord, I delight in you. I love your Word and believe in your promises. Thank you that I get such joy from _____________. Show me how to serve and honor you in that. I pray that as I seek to increase in goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love, that I could be productive in you.  May my knowledge of you bring others to know you.

     And finally, a Caedmon’s Call jam for an appropriate passion perspective: “You created nothing that gives me more pleasure than you.”

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